Lawns with a ‘wow’ factor

By Caroline Wright Posted in: Green

America loves turf-grass, and the Aloha State is no exception. Many of us seem to be on a frustrating, never-ending quest for beautiful verdant lawns.

For some island homeowners, the quest has come to a triumphant end: they’ve discovered gorgeous Zeon Zoysia grass.

The first zoysiagrass was brought from the Philippines to the United States in 1911. For years, it was called Manila grass because of its association with the Philippines. Unfortunately, older varieties of zoysiagrass were rather unfriendly; nobody wanted to sit or walk on them, and they were hard to maintain.

The new and distinct Zeon variety, discovered by Texas turfgrass breeder David Doguet, is the progeny of a zoysiagrass plant from Kobe, Japan. This finely-textured grass thrives in full sunlight and is also wonderfully shade-and salt-tolerant.

“Zeon Zoysia is so different!” exclaimed Sean Aukanaii Fong, president of Hawaiian Turfgrass, which is exclusively licensed to sell the special variety in Hawaii. “It’s soft, barefoot-friendly, and it delivers that ‘wow’ factor. Plus, it does really well on beachfront properties. And it’s trending in the golf industry.”

That’s an understatement. Zeon Zoysia is featured at San Antonio’s Cordillera Ranch, the Jack Nicklaus Signature course in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. It was also used on the Gil Hanse-designed course created for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. It’s used at Grove XXIII, the Florida course fronted by basketball legend Michael Jordan and named for the 23 he wore on his uniform. And it’s featured on the fairways at the Tiger Woods-designed Bluejack National, just outside Houston, Texas.

Like every variety sold by Hawaiian Turfgrass, Zeon Zoysia is grown in compost on plastic sheets at the company’s Mililani farm. “When we harvest, you get the entire plant — root and all — for a healthier lawn that tacks down fast,” Fong said. Turf can be delivered and installed, and it’s also available for pickup by appointment for homeowners who love DIY projects.

“The challenge is educating people about this superior new turfgrass,” said Fong. “Everybody asks about El Toro, but once they find out about Zeon Zoysia, that’s the grass they want!”

Order your new Zeon Zoysia lawn (minimum 500 sq. ft.) from Hawaiian Turfgrass by Dec. 31, 2019 for a $500 discount on installation! Call 371-0527 and mention this article to receive your special installation discount.

HAWAIIAN TURFGRASS
CONTACT 371-0527
ADDRESS 94-840 Lanikuhana Ave., Mililani (by appointment only)
WEB hawaiianturfgrass.com